ETHOS Lab explores and experiment with creative, critical, and feminist methods and methodologies analyzing technology in practice. We work with interdisciplinarity and employ digital methods, crafty materialization of data as well as ethnographical approaches. As a student, you have the opportunity of becoming part of this community by enrolling in the volunteer position ‘Junior Researcher’.
We are currently recruiting new Junior Researchers with an application deadline of 21st of September 23.59.
Junior Researcher in the ETHOS Lab
A Junior Researcher is a talented, enthusiastic student who is interested in being part of an experimental research Lab, working independently with their own project, and along with fellow JR’s collectively build up research skills. The role is not paid but an extracurricular activity that comes with a community of research fellowship.
As a Junior Researcher, you enroll with a project in ETHOS Lab which you will be working on throughout the course of 2 semesters – being the length of the program. Your project can relate to the Lab’s themes and projects or merely reflect your own interests in dialogue with the Lab’s theoretical grounding. The project can be related to a course or an individual project/thesis for which the student will receive ECTS points, but it is not required.
You are invited into a community of faculty researchers and staff from ETHOS Lab’s community, and you will receive input and feedback on your project throughout the semesters.
It is expected that you spend a minimum of three hours a week in the Lab working on your research project and attending the bi-weekly staff meeting. In return, you are given access to the Lab’s resources and tools, expertise, workshops, insights into the internal workings of the Lab and the chance to influence its development.
The Junior Researcher Program entails:
- Participating in bi-weekly meetings with your fellow JRs where you can discuss your project and progress (TBA)
- Presenting your work at our informal Pitch & Play sessions, where you will get feedback from faculty and other JRs. These sessions for the fall semester take place on 25. Oct and 30. Nov from 12.00-14:00 (it is mandatory to be available for these sessions)
- Write 2 blog posts on your process and your findings and by the end of the program present your experiences at an open event.
- Help out with volunteer tasks in the Lab
In addition to sparring with faculty researchers and the ETHOS community, we offer the Lab space as a place to work (and hang out), the first bid at relevant academic events, access to software and workshops, and a great community of people dedicated to critical and experimental inquiry about the role of data and technology in society.
Inspiration from former Junior Researchers
- Watch the video from previous Junior Researcher Marianna
- Read blogposts from former Junior Researchers
- Short Junior Researchers project descriptions
How to apply
ETHOS Lab is an interdisciplinary and diverse space, and students from all study program are welcome. You apply by describing a project you want to work on in a 1–2-page application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21st September 23.59.
In this application you should unfold:
- A short project description
- Why this project is interesting
- Which methods you intend to use
- Which theories you are inspired by
- Why the Junior Researcher program seems appealing to you.
In addition, you may also add which relevant skills/knowledge you will bring into the Lab community. If the project is ECTS related, please include the name of your supervisor. For planning purposes, we ask you to submit an overview of your weekly study schedule.
If you do not have a research project in mind, you may apply to work on the prefigured project on civil movements and climate change. The research project Digital Innovation in a Green Transition (DIGT) at ITU could use a JR to work on mapping “green” civil society groups, possibly by using the tools of Hyphe and Gephi. They aim to explore how digital mapping practices can be utilized as a tool for developing new (physical and virtual) platforms to bring together citizens and political actors and think that this has the potential for sparking innovative democratic debates that could potentially contribute to crowd-sourced and more grounded solutions to the climate crisis. This project could easily be linked to a future master thesis.
For questions regarding the program or the application, you can contact Lab Manager, Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding, email@example.com.